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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 24, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 1970- Book fair features Story of trains at book fair Gaibraith holds book fair M. DEKKEU Media Director In conjunction with Yoiin? Canada Booh Week, the Media Center of Galbraith School, with the co-operation of staff and students, produced a Book Fair. The auditorium was made available and 12 separate booths representing 17 classes, were set up. The Fair opened to parents from 9 a.m. to p.m. on Nov. 18, and it was an aH day affair for students as its main purpose was to create or further an interest in books. The subject or theme each booth was left to the discretion of each class. Preparations for this fair had been taking place for the past several weeks. As a media director it was most gratifying and exciting to see the transformations that had already taken place as re- sult of this event. A student from Mrs. Walk- er's Grade 1 class spent nearly half an hour of his own' time looking for books on trains for the subject they are working on. The supply of books covering sports being presented by Mr. Sports important Today sports play an increas- ingly important part in lives. Sports can be divided into two groups: participation and spectator sports. We presented various sports such as hockey, badminton, fig- ure skating, basketball etc. by means of card sets, pictures, equipment, charts, tape record- ings etc. Sports from the viewpoint of safety were stressed to show how injuries may be avoided by knowing the rules of the g iuc and having at least a minimum of equipment. Sports and good health go hand in hand. The exercise de- rived from active participation in games tends to improve the general health of those partici- pating. With more leisure living beir.g available, sports can pro- vide an Invigorating and stimu- lating way of filling in week- and holidays. We also attempted to present the most important by-product of sports, namely the building of character, being a good loser, playing the game etc. Ac- tive sports particip ation makes for a good community to live Dunlop, Room 10. Guinea Learn from youngsters each other Jean Piaget, the great Swiss psychologist, and others have stressed the importance of chil- dren learning from each other. To date, there has been little .full-tune use of this approach in a regular school day any- where. Pacoima Elementary School, Los Angeles has- broken into this new method. It is the first tutorial school where students teach each other. Fifth and sixth graders have been trained to tutor kin- dergarten children in art, the alphabet, writing and reading. Ford Foundation signed a contract with System Development Corporatioa to provide technical help and guid- ance. The corporation will also be paid to work on a model school environment de- signed especially for urban ghetto children. Ford Foun- dation Letter, April, 1970 In different parts of Britain, 85 .elementary schools are en- gaged in anew experiment Over youngsters, aged S and 6, have become guinea pigs in a new reading course called 'Breakthrough in Literacy.' Mr. David Mackay, organiser of the Initial Literacy Project at University College. London, believes that too many teachers are measuring reading progress by a book to book method. He declares that most early readers for children are out of touch with reality. The new costing over a million and a half dollars, includes a sentence maker which enables children to compose long be- fore they can spell or write. Sentences are built up through discovery, trial and error. The project has the blessing of the British Schools Council and the books for the course are published by Longmans, Green and Company. tion News, Australia, June, 1970 Dtmlop's Grade 5 class, dino- saurs for Mrs. William's Grade 4. class, and folklore by Mrs. Nixon's Grade 5 class have long been depleted from the media center. A proof of the interest being created by the fair is hi the fact that many students are using parts of their noon hour for research. Mrs. Ferguson has written a "talking book" about nursery rhyme friends. Art, the sub- ject being presented by Mrs. Psikla's Grade 6 class has led many students to looking at and studying the books and pictures available in the Media Center. A play being presented by Mrs. Toone's Grade 4 class will illustrate the care of books. The presentation will make use of a variety of media such as tapes, records, filmstrips, slides, pictures as well as mod- els made by the students them- selves. An inter school library loan of books has been arranged to complement the material al- ready available in Galbraith School. Hopefully the interest and in- volvement that is being gen- erated by this Fair will rein- force the library skills being taught, and the enthusiasm will extend further as the boys and girls realize the variety of ma- terials available on a stogie topic. It is a representation of the work of over 500 people students and staff included, and possibly many more de- pending on the interest shown by the parenis of students in Galbraith School. Media display This Grade 6, class gath- ered various media materials on the subject of space. We found abundant amounts of ma- terials in our school and in the school svstem. Our display included films, filmstr i p s, pictures, charts, slides, tapes, transparencies, and, of course books. The films and filmstrips were shown throughout the day. They show- ed a moom expedition from blast off to return to earth. You could also listen to a tape of the astronauts' conversation from the moon to earth. The books are arranged in the shape of a rocket and cover a wide variety of space K. Flaman, Grade C. Trains We combined two Grade 1 classes to present the story of trains. We made a play train that the children could ride in. The students learned several songs about trains; some of which were recorded. Many of the train stories were seen ia book form-, murails and by pup- pets. Train stories and songs were recorded on tapes and were played to the visitors. Hence, our display consisted of library books, e x p e r ienee charts, songs, poems, illustrations and pictures, murals, and a puppet theatre. Alice Peta, Ursula Walker, Grade I. Folklore Grade 5's booth depicted 6 folk tales from 6 different coun- tries, namely Germany, Swe- den, England, France, Ukraine and Japan. The folk tale was either told by one member of the group or acted out by all the members of the group. Besides the folk tafc> each Group prepared a display at books, pictures, costumes and handicrafts of that country. Bach group took over the booth for one hour and was prepared to talk about its country. Back- ground music appropriate to each country was heard as the folk tale was aoted out or told by a student. Nixon. Grade 5. Dinosaurs The class conducted a short study of dinosaurs and present- ed the materials they learned from and the things they learn- ed. They made dinosaurs from salt clay and then painted a backdrop for them. TChey made a television show. Some stu- dents wrote reports, and drew pictures. Some wrote stories about dinosaurs and two groups worked on making talking books. A media center is bene- ficial because it not only has books, but it is a center for muffi visual stimulation through pictures, filmstrips, magazines and books of fact and fiction. Auditory stimuli were in the form or records, talking books and movies. Even tactile -stimulation was provided by things and objects which the children could feel, take apart and reassemble. Mrs. Williams, Grade 4, The zoo Mrs. Masson's Grade One class chose "The Zoo" as then: project for the Book Fair. The display had several different features. Included in this dis- play were books from the school library dealing with the topic "The There is also a Children's Zoo built up from toy animals the children have brought from home. Another part of the display Included a mural of zoo ani- mals both real and imagin- ary which was made by the children as part of their art program. Mrs. Masson Grade One. Christinas. Two Grade 3ers and a Grade 2 and 3 room together arranged their display around the Christ- inas theme. Qna of the displays was a T.V. illustrating Christmas songs, carols and fun songs. There was also a Nativity scene, a Christmas morning in Canada scene, Christmas deco- rations and the old verse A Visit from St. Nicholas. Tho pictures, figures and ideas used in these displays were all origi- nals of the children involved. Mrs. Kinrura's Grades 2 and 3 prepared the Christmas Morning in Canada scene. The Nativity scene and night before Christmas displays were pre- pared by Mrs. Kerr's young- sters. The children in Mrs. Par- sons' room did the Christmas songs and decorations. Mrs. Kimura, Mrs. Parsons, Mrs. Kerr. Art The theme of the display con- tributed to the Book Fair by Grade 0 students Roam 18 was This broad field was divided into several topics to allow the vistors to become aware of the richness of the school's resources in art ma- terials. Famous artists were depict- ed by books, slides and film- strips. Paper folding was ex- plained on tape. Students tal- ented along this line made some sample objects. Bead- work enthusiasts found books on Indian beading and jewel- lery beading. Some fascinating beaded articles done by the studentts were on display. The verjr.old expression of loyalty and pride in one's heritage was presented in a showing of pup- pets and dolls in native cos- tame. Some students made samples' of sculpture for visi- tors to enjoy. The booth was staffed by stu- dents who assisted visitors in the enjoyment of the Book Fair. An topics of art exhibit- ed were accompanied by books and posters. Mr. Psikla Grade 6. Book display For their booth at the Book Pair, the three Grade 2 classes co-operatively prepared a dis- play of books about CHIL- DREN AROUND THE WORLD. This was culminating ac- tivity of their enterprise unit. The children studied were the Mexican, Japanese, Af- rican, Eskimo and Indian. Tho students collected books, pic- tures amd objects (wooden shoes, sombreros, kimonos, fans, mask, ornaments, A tape was made of the stu- dents singing songs native to thfc ethnic groups studies. Film- strips relating to the proiref; were shown by 'ibe Book Fair. Each Grad.u countries and preparing their respective exhibits. In relation to their study of Mexico one class modelled and decorated Mexican pottery in day. Small attractive tulips were made from egg. cartons and pipe cleaners to represent the Netherlands. Tiny Japanese lanterns were constructed from paper by the children working on Japan. Children studying Africa, coloured paper lions to be used as book marks. Totem poles were carved to represent the Indian culture. Children studying the Eskimos used play dough to model igloos and Es- kimo children. The Grade 2 children enjoyed this type of project and participated witb enthusiasm. Mrs. Bell, Miss Radley, Mrs. Peterson. ;